MARCEL DZAMA “YOUNG AMERICAN GIRLS” WATERCOLOR, 2009
With his unmistakable version of contemporary Surrealism, Marcel Dzama is one of the most successful Canadian artists.
Born in Winnipeg in 1974, Dzama had an international reputation by the time he was 30.
In the 1990s, as one of the founding members of the Royal Art Lodge, Dzama contributed to the renaissance of figurative art and simultaneously put Winnipeg on the map as a center for Canadian creativity.
Dzama's works are instantly recognizable for their subject and style. He often takes banal scenes or characters and injects them with menacing, eerie, or twisted details that can border on the absurd, yet with a touch of fun.
"Young American Girls" is one of the most elaborate watercolors of Dzama's that we've carried. This dynamic work features seven bizarre figures, each aptly named in the titles below them. The characters, realized in vivid colors, are assembled abreast as they face the viewer. Though they're gathered in a group, it's unclear what their relationship is to one another, if any at all.
Like the best of Dzama's work, the viewer is drawn in with obscure clues and asked to assemble a narrative...or just enjoy his wacky imagination.
Dzama's work can be found in a host of prestigious public and private collections including Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the MoMA, Le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. He is particularly favored by celebrity collectors including Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey and Steve Martin.
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"Young American Girls"
Ink and watercolor on paper
Signed and dated by artist
Very good condition
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